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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Request for Access


About Scenic Hot Springs
Scenic Hot Springs is located on forty acres of private property in-holding, bounded on all four sides by National Forest near Stevens Pass.  This private property has been dedicated to remain in as pristine a state as possible while still providing an opportunity for people to enjoy the unique relaxing and therapeutic experience of soaking in natural hot springs.

Scenic Hot Springs is nudity-friendly, as is typical of wilderness-situated rustic hot springs.  You may wear as much or as little clothing for your comfort as you wish within the property (including the trails and springs area).  However, lewd activity (or any activity that discomforts others) will not be tolerated and will result in your expulsion from the property without recourse.

Scenic Hot Springs request for permission to visit.

We have an availability calendar in the right-hand side bar of our website. Our maximum number of permitted daily guests is 10 people. Groups of 8 or more we require an exclusive access reservation to be made in order to visit.
  We operate on a first come-first served basis and we do not hold space until you have booked and confirmed your reservation. That being said...it's best to reserve space as soon as you hear back that it is available.

Copy steps 1 through 3 of this text and send it with the requested info, along with a statement saying you and your guests have read and agree to abide by the Conditions of Access. Then make a contribution of $10/person for weekends and holidays or $5/person for weekdays via PayPal through our website
scenichotsprings.blogspot.com    
Forward us a copy of your transaction receipt from PayPal when completed. When all this is verified we will email you permission to access the property.

Scenichotsprings@gmail.com


To gain access:

Step One: READ THE CONDITIONS OF ACCESS FOLLOWING THIS SECTION BEFORE ASKING IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT. Supply the following information in an email to scenichotsprings@gmail.com Be sure to include a statement saying that you and your guests have read and agree to abide by the Conditions of Access required to visit Scenic Hot Springs.

Name of Responsible Party: _______________________________
Contact Phone #:_________________
Emergency Contact #: _____________
Desired Date & Time of Visit: ___________________ 
Number of People:_________

Include a statement saying that you and all the members of your group have read and will abide by the Conditions of Access while visiting  Scenic Hot Springs.

Step Two: Give back. If the date you requested is available, make a contribution via the PayPal button on the Scenic website at http://scenichotsprings.blogspot.com to help offset maintenance costs. Give a least a few days advance notice to process your request. If short notice request, make sure to email a copy of the completed PayPal transaction to scenichotsprings@gmail.com to expedite the process.

Mon-Fri visits: A contribution ($5 x no. of people) of $___________ ,
Sat, Sun (and Holiday) visits: A contribution ($10 x no. of people) of $___________ ,

Supply the make, color and license number of the vehicle you plan on using:
_______________________________________________________________________

Step Three: We will email you permission good for only the day you request.

If by some chance you are unable to visit the day you asked for, we will allow you the opportunity to reschedule a future date to visit. Contributions are non-refundable.

By going through the above steps you acknowledge that you have read the Conditions of Access below and that you and all members of your party agree to accept them. You also acknowledge that you are 18 or older.

Conditions of Access

Scenic Hot Springs is PRIVATELY OWNED PROPERTY and you must agree to abide by the owner’s wishes, terms, and conditions, prior to being granted conditional access. Submitting an application for a reservation constitutes acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

1) You acknowledge the rugged nature of the terrain you wish to visit and the nature of soaking in natural hot springs. You understand that the hot springs are not chlorinated and that sanitary conditions can not be guaranteed in such a primitive location. You will be appropriately prepared for changing and unpredictable weather conditions as well as steep, rough terrain. You assume for yourself and your guests, any and all risks, implicit and explicit, while on the property known as Scenic Hot Springs. Your guests, by accompanying you, acknowledge and accept these risks and likewise release the owner and stewards from any and all liability.

2) Minors under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a legally-responsible adult guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible to control the behavior of their children.

3) No children under the age of six (6). Young children do not have a fully developed thermoregulatory system, making soaking in the hot temperatures of the hot springs a potential danger of hyperthermia or heat stroke with few warning signs.

4) The pools are for soaking. Do not horseplay, wrestle, or dive in the pools! Keep your head above water to avoid inadvertently inhaling water and the algae present in all natural hot springs.

5) Do not soak in the pools if you have open sores, an infectious skin condition, or suffer from intestinal distress. These pools are communal and you have a responsibility to fellow soakers. Make restroom breaks before entering pools. Rinse yourself off before entering pools.

6) No Nighttime Soaking: Myself, and my guests will be OFF THE SITE before sunset. For our purposes, sunset is defined as the moment the sun dips below the mountain ridgelines as seen from the springs. Give yourself adequate time to be off the property before darkness descends abruptly in the deep canopy of the trail.

7) No Fires or Campfires: I understand that this is a fire restricted area.

8) No Dogs or other pets, No Camping, No Firearms, No Glass Containers, No exceptions.

9) Alcohol in moderation (preferably none). If your alcohol comes packaged in a glass bottle, transfer it to a shatter proof container.

10) Respect the site by soaking quietly and respectfully of other soakers who may be up there.

Stay on the trails and take all litter out with you, leaving the site clean. Clothing optional is the norm and you should expect that you will experience nudity in the pools and often on the trail up. Lewd behavior, however, is not tolerated.

Winter Conditions (Additional Requirements)

During winter conditions the owner and the stewards of Scenic Hot Springs reserve the right to close access to the property when conditions, in our sole judgment, are too dangerous. Anyone who has a Scenic Hot Springs reservation during winter conditions is required to check the Scenic Blog just prior to heading out for closures. In the event of a closure, any guests who have reservations for that date will be given an opportunity to reschedule for a future visit. 

During winter cold weather conditions, visitors are expected to carry sufficient clothing and survival supplies in the event you are stranded by deep snowfall or a sudden change in weather.

1) Practice layering of your clothing. Do not wear cotton as cotton, wet, saps body heat. Wear a hat and gloves, as needed.
2) Carry three days worth of food. Keep yourself hydrated.
3) Carry at least three different ways of lighting a fire in an emergency.
4) Carry your cell phone. Cell phones often work at the hot springs site.
5) Snow can get very deep at Scenic during the height of winter, making snowshoes an essential.

Scenic also has steep slopes that may present snow-slide hazards in addition to severe icing of the trail. Spikes and/or crampons may be necessary.

Large Bookings & Exclusive Access

A request for access does not grant your party exclusive use of the springs. Your request simply allows you access during the daylight hours of the day you want to reserve. On busy days, such as weekends, you may be sharing the hot spring pools with other groups. To reserve individual time-slices for reservations is unworkable and limits enjoyment of the springs.

However, on occasion we will allow a large group to have Exclusive Access to the springs if there are not already existing requests or reservations. We generally do this for cultural, social and fraternal groups. If you would like to reserve Exclusive Access to the springs for your group, contact the stewards directly with the following considerations:

1. The contribution for an Exclusive reservation is $100 during a weekday (Monday-Friday) and $150 for a weekend (Saturday or Sunday) or traditional holiday. We will not make or accept any other reservations for that date.
2. Consider how you will make parking arrangements as we cannot allow unsupervised vehicle access beyond the gate. It is suggested that your group take full advantage of car-pooling.
3. We will supply you with Hot Springs Closure signs to post at the gate to deter casual trespassers but we cannot guarantee that trespassers will not try to crash your party. You will however have your confirmation email to show to trespassers and urge them to leave.
4. If there is time, one of the stewards will siphon and flush the pools in advance of your visit; and also post signs.

During the pre-permit phase, Scenic Hot Springs is not a commercial, for-profit venture. The cost of ongoing maintenance, clean-up, and county-mandated control of access is partially offset by donations by those who request and would like to visit that keep the site available, controlled, and maintained. The majority of the funds used to manage and maintain the property comes out of the pockets of the stewards.

Your request will be determined primarily on your attitude, on acceptance of the Conditions of Access, on the number of pending requests, and our ability to maintain reasonable conditions (and conditions depend highly on contributions). If we, as stewards, are unable to control access or the conditions of the site due to inadequate contributions, then we must restrict access severely......we are, after all, not required to grant access to anyone. Your donations keep Scenic open.

We realize that these are trying times for some people and that even a $5 or $10 per person contribution is hard for a few to come up with. If you simply can't afford to offer a contribution and would still like to visit Scenic Hot Springs legally, let us know. We are reasonable people and I'm sure we can work something out. Options include acceptable in-place volunteer work on-site at the time of your visit or a verified, comparable donation in lieu to a local charity feeding and housing those less fortunate.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Black Bear up at Scenic



A black bear
One of our groups headed up to the hot springs was spooked by the sight of a black bear on the property .this past week

Black bears are common on the lower slopes of the Cascades . . . and Scenic is no exception.  Bears are territorial and over the years the lower slopes below Scenic have shared the area with noisy humans and a bear just trying to get enough food to feed her cubs.  The lone bears . . . female . . . have denned in the lower areas north of the clearcut.  Every couple of years we are blessed with sighting of cubs or yearlings.

Momma Bear likes to either tear up tree stumps for insects in the clearcut . . . or head up higher in search of berries.  As an aside, the areas slightly west toward Scenic Creek have a bonanza of huckleberries later on in the summer.

Backwoods etiquette makes sense.  Scenic is back country and you should be prepared.
  • Strong scents and food odors attract bears. Perfumes and scented sun screens are a no-no.
  • Bears avoid the areas of the trail and pools - they smell us. Occasionally you might see bear sign crossing the trail. The bear is just taking a shortcut when it doesn't think any of us are around.
  • Talk to each other on the trail.  The bear will here the noise and most likely be gone before you know it was there.
  • If you are feeling really nervous, invest in bear spray (available at REI  and other outdoors stores).  Another tip is to have a road flare available.  Bears are genuinely spooked by a lit flare.
  • If confronted by a bear, stand tall, make noise, and slowly back away.  Do not run . . . that does nothing by excite the chase reflex.

All in all, bears avoid us (or ignore us) with a live and let live attitude.  Give them their space and you'll do fine. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Scenic HS is Soakable Once More

Hooray!

You guys (and gals) are great!  A great turnout for the event to repair the storm damage to the hot springs.  We now have the full soak back for reservations.  And to the tireless individuals who solely made these repairs possible . . . there are complimentary soaks.  Details following to participants.

So . . . Scenic is open.  Go ahead with your requests.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Work Party this Saturday

Looks like we might have a pretty good turn-out this Saturday (May 14th).  If necessary, we will be having another follow-up event on May 21st . . . the following Saturday.

As I'm under a modified bed rest regimen following my brain radiation, I (Rick) will not be there in  person with you; but I will be in spirit.  I am going to spend my time sending out complimentary passes to those who  helped so much to get this repair effort underway.  And don't forget, work party attendance goes toward earning those complimentary passes, as well.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Repair Party this coming May 14th, 2016

The first of (we hope only one or two) work parties to restore the hot spring pool up at Scenic is planned for Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 am.  We need as many volunteers as possible to work together to get supplies up the mountainside.

The gate will be opened by Matt at 10am.  Those who have 4wd and some clearance may proceed into the clearcut.  There is some rough erosion just past the gate.  If you bring and aze and/or shovel, we can collapse most of the ruts so that normal cars can make it into the clearcut for parking.

Most of the effort will be physical by with enough helpers, very much doable.  At the end of the day we may be able to get a partial soak going.  As anyways, volunteers are welcome to camp overnight.

Please RSVP to scenichotsprings@gmail.com  so we know what to expect.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Scenic Repair Goals and Thank Yous

Thank you everyone
for meeting our goals
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to meet our estimated repair costs for Scenic Hot Springs.  The planned repairs are not complicated, but they are (or will be) labor-intensive.  So we also look forward to seeing many of you (donating or not) at the work parties . . . once we schedule them.

Meanwhile I am going to follow a suggestion from one of our regular supporters, Chris K., whom suggests I post an explicit reward list.  So, here it is:
  • Trail Detail (help with hauling): Comp visit for one
  • Two Work Sessions (on site help) 2 Comp visits for two
  • Three Work Sessions:  Season Pass for 2 (thru March 2017)
  • $50 Donation:  3 Comp visits for 2
  • $100 Donation:  Season Pass for 2
These comp rewards do not alleviate the need to obtain advance permission and may not be used on dates of Private Events, full capacity, or reserved events.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

An Appeal for Scenic Hot Springs

Scenic Hot Springs remains closed through the month of May, 2016.

As many of you know, the freakish late autumn/winter rain storms last year did major damage to Scenic Hot Springs. The torrents of groundwater produced by a series of torrential downpours coming down from higher elevations reeked damage to both the sources and the pools such that they are unsoakable in their present state. 

We have had a chance to access the damage now that the snows are finally gone and we have come up with an approach that will not only bring Scenic back to us but will make the soak even better. However, any plan we come up with is going to be expensive . . . so that is where you come in.

Donate to the Cause
Your stewards can’t handle the cost alone . . . we’re volunteers as well! But fifty or a hundred Hot Spring Lovers donating $20 apiece . . . or $50 apiece will help tremendously in reaching our goal of $1,000 to cover the costs of needed supplies to repair Scenic Hot Springs for soaker’s and hot spring lovers like you.

Natural hot springs within an hour or two drive of major metropolitan areas are few and far between in Washington State. Scenic (as it's name implies) is a superlative soak, easy to get to, and yet still a wilderness hot spring, and certainly scenic with it's view over the Skykomish valley far below. It is worth saving and only you can help save Scenic Hot Springs.

Tranquil, heated spring waters with a view over valley and mountain.
Won't you help brings Scenic Hot Springs back for enjoyment?


Volunteer to Help Repair Scenic
This is not what I envisioned for the first work party of the year but what better service to the Hot Springs Goddesses than to pull on a pair of work gloves and actually participate in hauling supplies, repairing, and bringing Scenic back. We are tentatively planning the first of a number of parties within a week or two (watch the blog for dates). Why don’t you volunteer for one, or two work parties . . . or all of them? Better yet why don't you volunteer AND donate?

What’s in it for You
• Scenic and all it’s beauty is restored for those who respect and honor these hot springs,
• Donors and volunteers will be given preferential treatment to access a repaired Scenic. Commensurate with the help or support received, Passes and Season Passes will be given to those who help the most.

Donation is easy. There is a PayPal link in the sidebar of the Scenic blog (http://scenichotsprings.blogspot.com). Simply click it and donate today. We must move fast as supplies must be ordered and the logistics of getting everything in place for a repair party planned soon.

Sincerely, your Stewards,

Matt and Rick




Sunday, January 24, 2016

Scenic Hot Springs is CLOSED for the winter

Unfortunately both of the hot springs pools suffered major damage just days before the Winter snow started falling. Because of this we have had to close the hot springs for the rest of the Winter until we can repair the damage after snow melt.  At that time we will have to HAND-CARRY all the supplies necessary to make repairs.  This cannot be done with spring snow still on the trail. That means we will not be honoring any request to visit Scenic. 

We have been receiving a number of requests to snowshoe at Scenic.  Might I suggest that the Surprise Creek area is a better choice for snowshoeing at this time.  We have had reports of jury-rigging temporary pools at the spring site with evidence of snowshoers involved.  Any tampering or modification of the springs just to satisfy a desire to soak regardless of Scenics' plight, will not be tolerated.  If you are caught up there without permission we will press 1st Degree Trespass charges.  Now is not the time to further degrade the condition of the hot springs with your short-sighted modifications.

That being said, I do appreciate all the well-wishing and offers to help out.  We will be posting several events this coming springs to repair and bring the springs back for your enjoyment.  Repairs are going to be expensive . . . if you would like to donate toward repairs we would appreciate it greatly.  And we will remember thos that help out.